Friday, September 07, 2007

Bush: the modern-day Sakharov

I know presidents have to make a thousand decisions every day. I certainly don't expect President Bush to remember what he had for dessert after lunch on January 12, 2004. I don't expect him to remember the name of the captain of the 2005 WNBA champions who visited the White House after the victory. But when it comes to why he made probably the most momentous/disastrous decision he's taken on Iraq besides the invasion itself, I do expect him to have some clue about why he did that.

Yet apparently, he can't recall why he made the critical decision to disband the Iraqi army following the US invasion.

Bush may gallingly try to pass himself off as a courageous dissident against a State Department that realizes that when militarists make a mess, diplomats are the ones stuck with the task of cleaning it up. But the president's disgraceful attempt to compare himself to courageous dissidents risking their very life against US-sponsored autocrats recalls Rudy Giuliani's pathetic efforts to equate his preening before the cameras with the truly heroic efforts of the 9/11 rescue workers

That he can't recall the reason for one of the biggest decisions of his presidency is still more fodder for those who believe that Bush isn't actually making any key decisions. But perhaps his judgement in comparing himself to gutsy human rights advocates should make us glad if he isn't.


Mark said...

CBS/NYT poll of sept 07:

"And despite evidence to the contrary, 33 percent of all Americans, including 40 percent of Republicans and 27 percent of Democrats, still say Saddam Hussein was personally involved in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001."

*bangs head on table*

Brian said...

(reaches for Advil)

The fact that 27 percent of Democrats believe this...